NEW DELHI: The Delhi high court has doubled to 10 years the jail term of two convicts, who threw acid on a 25-year-old woman, saying their act has led to the woman becoming a “prisoner in her own house, for a lifetime”. She had lost her vision and her face was disfigured.
“If the court could be traumatised by the mere sight of injuries caused to the victim by the inhuman attack on her, what would be the situation of the victim, perhaps, cannot be judged. Nonetheless, the court cannot be oblivious to her trauma,” justice Sunita Gupta said.
The court’s judgment came on the appeal of the victim, a former dancer at a hotel in south Delhi, who was attacked in 2004 with sulphuric acid by another woman -also a dancer - and her brother out of ‘jealousy’. She sought the enhancement of the five-year jail term awarded to them by a trial court.
Justice Gupta also dismissed the appeals of the duo against their conviction and five-year sentence awarded by the trial court in 2011, saying the jail term was on a lower side.
“The sentence of five years awarded to appellants (convicts), in my view, is on a very lower side, hence the same is enhanced to 10 years,” the judge said.